Sadler takes over the lead in ACU Trial 2.
By being the only ACU Trial 2 rider to stand on the podium on both days at the Tynemouth event, Richard Sadler (Gas Gas) now leads the class by a single point from current Champion, Ross Danby (TRRS).
However, after the first day of action at Shaftoe Crags near Morpeth, Sam Connor (Beta) temporarily regained the leaders red plate which he had relinquished to Danby at the St David's Trial, after the TRRS rider suffered a poor sixth place finish by his standards. In a low scoring event, two sections were the major mark stealers, the fifth which featured a climb over rocks and gripless heather, where only three cleans were recorded all day by Luke Walker (Sherco), which aided him to a third place finish, Tom Minta (Scorpa) and Dec Bullock (Gas Gas). Connor literally lost grip on the top spot on the steep climb of the eighth section on the wooded hillside, before recovering on the muddy rocks of the ninth where he was the best over the three laps with a single mark.
It was tight at the top on day two with Sadler and Minta both losing sixteen marks. Minta nearly threw it away with two failures on the final lap, but this was enough to give him more cleans and the win. Danby was just one mark in arrears in third, with James Fry (Sherco) posting his best result of the year to date in fourth. Posting the best lap of the day, Sam Haslam's (Gas Gas)
final tour, shedding just two marks, hauled him into fifth, whilst Dec Bullock )Gas Gas) recovered from a poor first lap to edge Connor down to seventh with inconsistent laps of fourteen, one and thirteen.
Irish visitor, Josh Hanlon (Beta) squeezed Walker down to ninth whilst Mitch Brightmore (Gas Gas) completed the top ten.
Sadler's first and second place finishes now puts him a single mark in front of Dandy as they head to the West Country for the fifth round on June 16th.